TITLE: Fight or Flight

AUTHOR: Samantha Young

Rating: ★★★☆☆

PAGES: 288



GENRE(S): Contemporary, Romance

The publisher kindly sent me a finished copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young - The Contented ReaderA series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series. 

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her …


I was totally excited for this book because I love a great enemies to lovers story. While it’s an enjoyable story I think it falls flat in its overall execution.

Fight or Flight follows Ava, an interior designer, who is flying back to Boston following a funeral. Ava runs into Caleb at the airport and while attracted to each other, they quickly become enemies.

Ava is one of those main characters that I love but also question at times. She’s incredibly successful in her career and I love seeing characters like this – who build themselves. She’s strong and powerful (at times) and overall, I enjoyed her. But I sometimes question her decisions.

While this is an enemies to lover story (and I LOVE them), Caleb is just plain rude and mean. There are so many cringy, eye-roll moments in this book because of things Caleb says or does. I’m sure those who have read it, will know what I’m talking about. Because of this, I really questioned Ava’s acceptance of Caleb – especially given the fact that she’s a strong, successful woman.

The overall plot of the book is good. I enjoyed the storyline and despite my issues with Caleb, it’s a solid enemies to lover book. I constantly wanted to know more and see what was going to happen. And I definitely base this off of Young’s writing, it’s really enjoyable.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend skipping this book. I think if you’re interested in the storyline you should totally go for it! Who knows – you may have different thoughts than me!

I think it’s a good read and I don’t regret reading it. But unfortunately, Fight or Flight is not a new-found favourite.

I never believed in fate until you.

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About The Author

Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Hart’s Boardwalk series and the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale WayEchoes of Scotland StreetFall from India PlaceBefore Jamaica Lane, Down London Road, and On Dublin Street. She resides in Scotland.

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